Forever Yours re-write
Ch 1 - Re-united
It was a beautiful day out but Lilly and her class weren't out enjoying the day, being stuck in school and all. They were listening to their science teacher lecture about atoms and how they were structured, very weird stuff it was.
"Lilly? Could you go get me the test beakers in the labs' storage closet?" Mr. Stuart asked.
"Sure thing, Mr. Stew," Lilly replied, getting up quickly and approached his desk.
He gave her the keys telling her exactly what to get and where it was in the closet, "Sorry, I raced here forgetting them and this demonstration is important. I'll just set up what I can and when you get back I'll be ready to go!"
"All right Mr. Stew," Lilly sighed, keys in hand and started heading out of the room. She caught sight of her friends Trisha and Calvin smirking at her, and she had an idea what it was about. Mr. Stuart always asked Lilly to get him stuff he forgot or to go on errands. She was the "teacher's pet" and she constantly begged them not to call her this since Mr. Stuart was a middle-aged man; cheery but certainly not someone she wanted fawning over her.
Trudging along, Lilly made it to the lab, opened the storage closet and took out the beakers Mr. Stuart had indicated. Closing it up, she hurried out of the lab, not paying attention too much around her. Turning a corridor rather sharply, she bumped into another student hurrying along.
"Arg! I'm sorry!" the boy cried in alarm, catching Lilly before she could fall. The beakers nearly toppled out of her hands but she caught them and he helped her up.
"No, I'm sorry! My teacher sent me to get these and he's going to start soon so-"
"It's my first day here and I got lost-"
They both stopped talking as they had been talking over each other and stared. Lilly only just realized how cute this guy was; his eyes were a gorgeous green and his sandy-brown hair was growing a bit long in the back and his bangs almost obscured those lovely eyes. He reminded her of a childhood friend she once had but he had moved away six years ago and they hadn't really kept in touch.
He seemed to be struck speechless too but perhaps they were both waiting for the other to speak.
what class are you heading for?" Lilly asked as the silence stretched.
it's this class right here," he took from his pocket a crumpled piece of paper and showed it to her.
Ah, so he's a senior, Lilly thought as she identified the classroom mentally. "Oh. My brother's in that class, it's just down that way. Take a right and it'll be on the left," she directed.
"Great, thanks! You should get back to class! See you!" The guy then bounded away in the direction Lilly had pointed.
Shaking her head, Lilly turned and hurried back to class. Panting slightly, she opened the door quietly and hurried over to Mr. Stuart muttering an apology that she had got caught up.
"No worries! You're just on time!" he cried jovially.
Lilly slunk back in her seat, hands to her face. The entire class was staring at her.
"Come on Lilly! Where were you?" Trisha asked Lilly as they made their way to Lilly's locker as soon as class ended. "You were gone almost TEN minutes! The lab isn't too far from the class and even if you couldn't find the stuff right away-"
"And I told you that I bumped into this guy who was new and gave him directions," Lilly replied, dialing in her locker combination.
Trisha looked at her suspiciously, but decided not to argue further. Instead, she started looking around, waiting for Lilly to finish up. Turning her head in another direction she suddenly noticed a really good-looking guy. "Who's that?" she said in wonder, almost to herself.
Lilly heard her though, and straightened up from her locker. She looked in the direction Trisha was staring and could tell immediately whom she was talking about. Heads swiveled in the direction of the guy as he walked down the hall; he was getting a lot of attention but didn't seem to notice.
Trisha heard Lilly gasp and peeled her eyes away from the guy, "What?"
"Th-that's- the guy I- gave directions to, " Lilly stammered.
"You failed to mention how hot he was!" Trisha turned back to the guy. As he passed the locker, he noticed Lilly and waved. She returned the wave half-heartedly for she was stunned he recognized her in the sea of students and that she was getting his attention. Not to mention she wasn't the only one who had thought he was attractive. As he reached the end of the hall and started to turn around another corridor, he glanced back quickly at Lilly grinning and walked on.
Trisha looked at Lilly, her suspicion increased, "You're sure all you did was give him directions? Hmm?"
"I- uh, yeah! I mean
I don't know why-" The bell rang signally to people to get to class, or in Trisha and Lilly's case to be at lunch. Lilly hurriedly closed her locker.
"Oh, whatever! Come on!" Trisha huffed and the two scurried off to the cafeteria.
Calvin had gone on ahead of them, as usual to save them their seats.
"Thanks, buddy! Trisha said cheerily, plopping down next to him. She was in higher spirits now that she could eat some food.
"Sure, no problem," Calvin replied, blushing.
It was painful to watch, Lilly thought as she sat down with her friends. She'd known Trisha since the age of eight; they'd been in ballet class together and friends at school. They began gymnastics their freshman year at high school. Lilly was also on the track and field club, as well as the basketball club. She'd met Calvin in the track and field during middle school and that was where Calvin met Trisha who had joined it mostly for Lilly's sake. Trisha was completely oblivious to the fact that Calvin liked her.
Just then, Greg, Trisha's twin brother hurried in and joined them. The twins were only five minutes apart and looked alike when they were younger but now they really didn't look alike anymore. Greg was tall, skinny and very nerdy. Trisha wasn't as tall but still tall for a girl, the only girl taller than Trisha was Lilly and she was only an inch taller. Trisha was also athletic and an average every day student.
"Finishing up a test or something?" Trisha asked, smirking,
"Yes, I was!" Greg said irritably.
Only the second week of school and Greg's classes are already having tests? How hardcore, Lilly thought.
Greg was in honors classes so he was always late to lunch due to a test or the teacher lecturing a bit longer than the class would have liked. A few seats down, Lilly heard a classmate exclaim, "Oh! Look! It's Lilly's brother!"
Lilly chose to ignore this. She really hated hearing girls' talk about how gorgeous her brother Keith was but she couldn't argue he wasn't either. He had midnight blue eyes and his hair was jet black that would shine blue at certain angles or when the lighting of a room made it appear so. Keith was like an idol to many of the students. He was the star athlete of the school basketball team, on the track and field team as well as the wrestling team.
"Look! He's got a new friend!" One of the girls giggled, "He's hot, too!"
"Oh my gosh," Lilly heard Trisha mutter. "Lilly! Your brother knows the new guy!"
Lilly swiveled in her seat to look at the front of the cafeteria where Keith had entered; it always took him forever to get into a lunch line. Sure enough, Keith and the new guy were laughing it up like old friends.
I know my brother is popular and talks to everyone, and I knew the new guy was going to his class but that sure was fast!" Lilly commented.
"Eh? You didn't mention that either!" Trisha complained.
"Sorry," Lilly said sarcastically.
Greg and Calvin were both looking at the girls and then towards Keith and the new guy.
"Should we just nod our heads and pretend to know what's going on?" Calvin asked, rolling his eyes. Trisha immediately began the explanation from earlier in the day while Lilly eyed her brother suspiciously.
It just couldn't be Seth, he'd moved six years ago. His family moved around from place to place, never staying somewhere long enough but first this guy reminds her of Seth and now he's all buddy-buddy with Keith whom he used to talk to and kept in contact with? Just who was he?
As the bell rang for next lunch, and their cue to go to class, Lilly had every intention of confronting her brother. Unfortunately, a gaggle of Keith's admirers had encircled themselves around him and the new guy.
Probably wanting to know more about him as much as me! Lilly thought as she tried squishing her way into the group of people towards her brother. "Keith! Hey!"
"Oh, hey sorry Lil! And ladies too, we have to be going to class and so should you!" he called and somehow managed to leave the swarm of girls with the new guy.
"Wait!" Lilly called furiously. She squirmed the rest of the way out of the cafeteria but had lost them. Wondering if Keith meant the guy was in his last class too, Lilly made to go upstairs to follow her brother as she knew his schedule (her parents made them know each other's schedules in case of an emergency) but suddenly-
"Lilly! Come on! We have to get to class and read our stories!" Trisha cried, coming out of nowhere and pulling on Lilly's arm and she regrettably allowed herself to be pulled by Trisha to class without confronting either of them.
A little girl sat alone on a swing. Not swinging, just sitting there, watching two young boys. She smiled softly and continued staring until
"WATCH OUT!" came a loud cry. The girl blinked in surprise. The kickball the boys had been playing with came soaring over to her.
"Ahh!" the small girl cried, helplessly covering her face.
"I got it!" another voice cried. Before the ball made contact, a small boy with sandy brown hair caught the ball. The girl fell off the swing anyways, as if the ball had hit her.
Her dress got covered in sand and her dark braids flopped onto the sides of her face.
"Are you ok?" the sandy-haired boy exclaimed in alarm.
"I'm fine," the girl said, taking his hand, which he offered to help her up with. When he pulled her up off the ground and she got closer to him she noticed beautiful green eyes that were full of concern.
"I'm ok, really!" she said, blushing. The boy smiled and held out his hand, again.
"I'm Seth," he said, suddenly sounding shy.
The girl's blue eyes widened, and shone. Was she finally making her first male friend? She smiled happily and took his hand to shake.
The boy smiled and was about to say something when yet another shout had been made.
"LILLY!" One of the two boys shouted whom she'd been watching play ball came bounding across the playground.
"Are you ok Lilly?" he asked, coming to a halt in front of her.
"I'm fine Keith!" Lilly said, blushing again. She wasn't normally the center of attention.
"You sure?" the younger boy asked, who had run slower after the older boy because of his shorter legs.
"Yes Mikey, totally." Lilly said, patting him on the head.
"Seth, these are my brothers Keith and Michael. Guys, this is Seth, he saved me." Lilly said putting emphasis on the word and grinning at him.
"Aww shucks." Seth said blushing, " I didn't save her, I just caught the ball is all."
Keith scratched his chin thoughtfully and looked at the boy. "How old are you Seth?" he asked suddenly.
Seth blinked. "I'm almost eleven, why?"
Keith smiled. "I wanted to know if you'd play with us, because even though it's fun teaching my little brother things he's only three so," he lowered his voice so Mikey wouldn't hear, "it gets kind of boring." He finished looking embarrassed.
"Sure! I'll play with you! I just moved here so I don't know anyone!" Seth said smiling.
"Yay! Maybe we'll be in the same class when school starts!" Keith said putting his arm around Seth's shoulder as he started to walk him back to the field on the playground.
"Then we could go shopping for school clothes too!" Seth said excitedly.
Mikey toddled after them while Lilly sat back on her swing, feeling completely alone again. Just when she was going to make a friend, her first male friend anyways, her brother swooped in and hauled him off for himself, like always.
"Hey wait." She heard Seth say before the boys had gotten too far. He turned to look at Lilly. "Why don't you have your sister play with us?"
"Momma doesn't like Lil doing 'guy' stuff." Mikey said, as if it were obvious.
"Guy stuff?" Seth blinked.
"Yeah, it's me, Mikey, Lil and our parents. Three guys and two girls so mom likes Lilly doing 'girl' stuff." Keith replied.
"That doesn't sound right." Seth said frowning. "What if Lilly doesn't want to do girl stuff?"
Lilly looked up hopefully and Seth caught the look in her eyes. Keith didn't notice, he was still looking at Seth.
"Why wouldn't she want to do girl stuff? She's a girl." He said sounding slightly confused.
"Well maybe I just want to play with my brothers and their friend!" Lilly said loudly but covered her mouth with her hand, shocked. She had finally stood up for herself.
Keith looked at her dumbstruck, Seth looked satisfied and Mikey just smiled at everyone not fully understanding what was going on.
"Wow Lil, I didn't know you felt that way!" Keith said, looking ashamed.
Lilly got off her swing and walked over to them. "So can I play with you?" she asked, clasping her hands together and looked pleadingly at Keith. Seth looked at Keith too while Mikey looked at them all curiously.
" Keith said frowning. "I guess so
but mom will be mad if you mess up your dress more."
"I don't care." Lilly said determinedly, folding her arms across her chest in a defiant way.
"Ok you can play with us." Keith said in a defeated sort of way. "If mom starts yelling though, you're the one who wanted to play with us!"
"I know!" Lilly said but she smiled anyways. Keith smiled in return and kicked the ball onto the field and started to chase after it. The others followed enthusiastically.
"And that was my best childhood memory!" Lilly said, finishing her paper. The class applauded. The teacher nodded and started writing in her grade book.
"Any questions class?" she asked, looking around the room for anyone not paying attention.
A girl named Tammy raised her hand. The teacher, Ms. Benedett nodded at her, giving her permission to speak.
"Did you get in trouble for playing with your brothers and his friend?" she asked directly at Lilly.
"Yes." Lilly said blushing, "My mom was furious but since I told my brothers how I felt, I told my mom too and she stopped treating me like a human doll. It took a long time to convince her I was serious but eventually she accepted my decision."
"Yes, no one is perfect." Ms. Benedett commented, "Since Lilly is the only daughter out of three boys, it's only natural her mother would try making her do those kinds of things, though I would hope not all mothers think of their daughters as 'human dolls'
"Didn't she say that she had two brothers and one was a friend?" a boy named Eric asked slightly confused, his hand in the air.
"That's right. At the time I only had two brothers. I have another brother now, his name is Nicholas." Lilly replied.
Ms. Benedett knew she had another brother because it was the beginning of the year, only the second week and had asked the students to fill out a few personal questions to know more about them.
"Ok Lilly, thank you, you may sit down now," Ms. Benedett said.
After returning to her seat, Lilly began thinking about her childhood memory story, not even paying attention to her classmates telling their childhood memories, when they had listened so intently to her, well most of them anyways.
A lot had happened since she was a ten-year-old girl. She was now a junior in high school. She was sixteen years old, soon to be seventeen in November and had many friends, both male and female friends. Since she could be more true to herself, she'd relaxed more around making male friends.
She'd always been shy and quiet when she had been living the life her mom thought was best. After her mother accepted Lilly's decision, Lilly began dressing as a tomboy, wearing more pants than dresses and a lot of boy-ish clothing. Her mother had said her excuse for dressing Lilly up was because she was too cute to not have in a dress but apologized once she understood how her daughter felt and couldn't treat her like 'a doll'.
Lilly really did miss Seth, though. After their first encounter, he would hang out with her and Keith a lot but slowly began hanging out with only Keith. Whenever Keith wasn't home, Seth would wait and talk with Lilly but as soon as Keith would return, they'd go off and hang out leaving Lilly behind.
In 7th grade, only a year after Seth moved into her life, he had to move again. He never called to keep in contact with her since, either! He had made such an impact on her life simply by asking Keith if she could play with them and then she'd blurted out her feelings. If she had never met Seth, she'd probably still be a fake girly girl, untrue to herself. Yet he didn't stay in contact? What was so hard about calling her? Or even writing a note?
It was really frustrating, she just couldn't understand after meeting him why he had turned so cold after being so nice. It made no sense and she was going to get to the bottom of it, somehow. After class had ended, she just had to suffer through math. She hated having math every day but at least it was shorter than other classes. The high school policy was to have odd and even days, and have four classes every day but there were a total of seven classes. So, she would have an odd day 1,3,5 and an even day 2,4,6, the seventh class being the last class of the day but shorter than the other classes.
Today was worse though, not only were they learning a new more difficult theory but also she had to wait and find out from her brother who this guy was and ask him why Seth never talked to her anymore. It would be even more strange if Seth was the mystery guy since she often thought about him so much, and even wrote about their first meeting. The bell finally rang and Lilly bounded up gathering her things together.
"In a hurry are you?" Calvin asked, his eyebrows raised, "More so than usual?"
"Yeah. I need to take care of some things! Catch you later!"
Calvin barely had time to wave before Lilly's long dark braid whipped around the door.
She hurried down the corridor to her brothers' classroom and found it already deserted.
"Damn it!" she muttered and started to head out of the school. Her family only lived five minutes away from the school by car, ten to fifteen on foot so she was able to enjoy the weather. She mused she'd enjoy it much more if she wasn't so cranky.
Lilly peered ahead of her, trying to spot the back of her brother's head but didn't see him at all. Wondering where he could be, she attempted again to enjoy the weather and forget her troubles for a moment. It was almost autumn so it was probably one of the last nice few days of the season and felt good to walk in the still warm weather.
She made it home and entered her house, calling out "I'm home" in case Keith had run home for whatever reason. Her father was at work and wouldn't be home until eight or nine and her mother was an assistant at the daycare where Nicholas went. She could keep an eye on him and then pick up Mikey at the elementary school and be back between 3-3:30 pm. There was no answer, though. So, Lilly figured Keith's admirers had caught up with him again. It had just turned 2 o'clock so Lilly didn't have too long to be alone.
She dropped her bag on the couch, took off her shoes and made her way into the kitchen for a snack. She was in for the shock of her life since someone was already in the kitchen!
"EYAAAAH!" she screamed, pointing at a familiar sandy-haired boy.
He seemed to be expecting this as his hands were raised defensively, showing her he had no intention of doing anything weird.
"Ok, yeah this looks weird but calm down!" he said in an alarmed but level voice.
"I-! What are you-"
"Shh! Shh! Lil, calm down! It's ok, it's me- Seth!"
She stopped panicking and stared at him, "What?"
"Seth. You know, Seth from the playground? The Seth that used to always come here?"
"But- how did you get in here?"
"Keith. He gave me his key, we were going to hang out but the basketball coach grabbed him so he just gave it to me and told me to wait here."
"That- he knows I come home! Why didn't he call me?"
"He forgot his cell phone today."
why didn't you answer me when I called out that I was here?"
"I was thinking about that and realized there'd be no way for you to NOT freak out. Either freak out hearing me answer you recognizing I'm not your brother or this."
"Or you could have waited on the steps, less freaking out!"
There was a pause. Apparently, he hadn't thought of this since Keith had given him a key. Keith probably wanted him to feel more at home than have to wait on the steps.
"To be honest, that would've made more sense and less freaking out. I'm sorry."
"Don't worry about it, but jeez I nearly had heart failure!"
"Sorry. But we'll prolly laugh about this in the future."
Lilly was a lot less hungry now due to the shock but decided a glass of water would help. She re-entered the kitchen since she'd jumped backward at the sight of Seth in her house. He remained at the table, unsure of what to do or say.
Pouring a glass of water she turned to face him, her irritation started to return, replacing the shock of his appearance.
so um thanks for uh pointing me in the right direction today. I thought you looked familiar and when I saw Keith in class it clicked there that it was you. You look very different
uh in a good way," Seth said awkwardly trying to break the silence.
Lilly placed the glass down on the counter and folded her arms across her chest.
before my brother gets home I'd like to ask you something."
ok," he looked incredibly nervous about something. It was either he knew what was coming or was still worried about scaring her.
"That day after you told my brother we should all play together, why is it you stopped talking to me? Why is it you wrote only to Keith, called him but never me?"
Seth closed his eyes and sighed, "I can't answer that."
Lilly felt a vein twitch slightly above her right eyebrow. "And why is that?"
Seth looked even more uncomfortable than before. "It's
well, I just don't know how to explain myself."
Lilly was leaning against the counter staring at him intently. "Do you know how weird it is? And it's hypocritical! First you want my brothers to treat me equally, then when it happens you decide that maybe it wasn't such a good idea. That a girl should really do 'girl' stuff?"
"No!" Seth cried, horrified. "That wasn't it! I mean, I can't explain myself because I know that what I did was wrong! So, I can't explain it, I have no answer because there isn't any. Or any good one because I- well I'm just ashamed of myself for what I did so I didn't think-"
"Right. You didn't think. That's obvious," Lilly got up approaching the table glaring at him. He looked scared by her reaction, he probably had expected her to be upset but this was worse than he anticipated, "You have NO idea how much it meant to me for someone to notice that I wanted to play with my brothers. And for that person to just turn their back and ignore me. That hurt, Seth. And whatever reason you have, I want to hear because it's haunted me ever since."
Seth swallowed and looked down at his hands. They were almost nose-to-nose so he had looked away, unable to face her.
"It's a pretty lame and unacceptable reason but alright, I'll tell you. I was like you, as a kid. I didn't talk much to anyone since I moved around so frequently. So, I was really happy when everyone gave me all that attention. I was also relieved that making friends wasn't as hard as I thought. But I still didn't know how to talk to girls. I'm an only child so with a guy I can relate to but I had no idea how to talk with a girl.
"Even though I helped you play with your brothers, I had no idea what to talk to you about. 'Guy' stuff, 'girl' stuff, wasn't the issue; I just wasn't used to talking to girls because even though I know there wasn't a real difference, I felt a difference. It's so weird and hard to explain but after I moved I felt really stupid about it and was ashamed. So, whenever you would answer the phone if I were to call Keith I'd feel awkward talking to you and thought it wouldn't sound right in a letter or sound stupid. And I'm really sorry but that's the reason."
Lilly stared at him a moment, "You're right, that's really stupid."
"I'm really really sorry, Lil. I'm back now though so, to make up for it, we can hang out as much as you want! I mean-" he faltered for a moment trying to calculate her mood, "if you still want to that is."
"I don't know Seth. This is just so
strange. I'll have to think about it."
"All right. I can respect that," he agreed. "I didn't expect you to jump at the chance since I was such a jerk."
They stared at each other for a moment, both not knowing what to say next.
"Well, this is weird," Seth said after a moment drumming his fingers nervously on the table.
where on earth is Keith?" Lilly muttered.
They both paused, hoping to hear him come in but nothing. Lilly sighed, "Not to make you feel worse but really it meant a lot to me what you did back then and what happened afterward. But, I think if it hadn't been for you, I'd be a completely different person than I am today-"
Seth looked at her hopefully, wondering if he'd been forgiven.
"But, that still doesn't mean anything has changed. If you meant you'd let me hang out with you guys, make sure you mean it."
"Although I'm not too sure I'll still forgive you," she warned. "Seriously, I'm sorry for sounding mean but it's hard for me to accept your reason even if you feel bad. We'll just have to see what happens, ok?"
Another awkward pause.
"Why did you move back here?" Lilly asked, praying that Keith would return soon so she wouldn't have to keep talking in this odd situation.
"Dad found a more stable job and mom was getting sick of moving around so she sorta bullied him into coming back here, she missed this place most and I sorta said so too. He caved and here we are."
"I see," Lilly said quietly.
"I'm home!" came a voice from the other room.
Lilly resisted saying 'thank God' and hurried out of the kitchen to "greet" her brother.
"Hey Lil," he said hesitantly, noticing her angry features and the way she was walking towards him, "Sorry, I got held up by the coach
um I'm guessing you know what's happened," his voice got lower and lower as she got closer to him.
Hands on hips glowering at him she said, " Yeah, I heard! He nearly scared the pants off me as I walked in! Isn't there anyway you could've told me at lunch?"
"We were busy," Keith said shiftily.
"Humph! Don't you call your little fan group 'busy'! You could've broken away at SOME point to come over to me!"
"I'm sorry! Jeez, what's the big deal?"
"Drop it," Seth said quietly.
Lilly nearly jumped out of her skin. Seth was standing in the doorway with an odd look on his face. Was it sadness, anxiety, pity? Lilly couldn't tell. Keith gave him a questioning look.
"Long story so drop it, ok?"
so wanna go shoot some hoops?"
"'Kay, let me just put my stuff in my room. That where your stuff is?" Keith asked, walking down the hall.
"Yep, right where you told me to leave it."
As Keith vanished around the corner, Lilly collapsed on the sofa. Her head was swimming in confusion.
Seth looked at her worriedly but didn't say anything. Keith returned, "Aight, let's go."
"Well, should we include Lilly?" Seth asked. Keith and Lilly stared at him.
" comprehension dawned on Keith as he looked at them, grasping the situation, "Sure, if she wants."
"Thanks for the invitation but I think I need to lie down," Lilly said eyeing Seth through her hands; she was holding her head.
"Alright well you said to ask," Seth said uncomfortably.
"I appreciate it! Really, but today can be an exception," she smiled weakly.
Keith's eyes continuously flashed back and forth finally resting his eyes on Seth, "Ok there you have it. Come on."
Seth followed Keith out the door, the slam caused Lilly to jump up but then she just made her way to her room. It was all the way down the hallway and was a decent sized room but not too big either. Having a big family had its limits though but Lilly really liked her room. She especially loved her bed, which always felt ten times more comfortable when she was drained. She plopped onto it, sinking her face deep into the pillows. It felt really good.
This will certainly be interesting, she thought as she fell into a deep sleep.
The next day, Seth approached Lilly at her locker. She'd gone most of the day without seeing him and had worried her friends since she seemed so out of it but excused this for being tired, which wasn't entirely untrue. She hadn't gotten the chance to tell Trisha about it since she slept through most of the afternoon did her homework in a sleepy daze and went back to bed. So, it was only natural that Trisha gaped at Seth as he walked up to them before their next class.
"Hey Lil, how you feeling?" he asked.
She was still trying to get used to him talking to her again and the fact that she now had several jealous girls glaring at her from all directions. "What? Oh, hi. Yeah I'm feeling ok."
"Good. I was worried. Keith and I didn't stay at the court too long since I kept wondering how you were doing."
Lilly couldn't tell if he was trying to make up to her already or if he was generally concerned. Judging by the look on his face, she settled for both.
"Yeah, sorry. I'm fine now. Don't worry so much! I'm a fighter!" she grinned, flexing her muscles.
He stared at her a moment before returning the smile. "Good. See you later." He walked away, eyes following him then glaring back at Lilly.
One pair happened to belong to Trisha, "Just what on earth happened?"
Lilly sighed and began explaining what had happened, telling her that he was like a "long lost friend" as she called him.
"Ohhh," Trisha wrote back. The story had taken so long since they didn't have the same class after the locker scene but the one after so they had been passing notes back and forth to each other in class whenever the teacher had his back to them.
"Yeah, so now I'm not too sure what to do, it's awkward right now."
"Dude, forgive him! He's totally hot!"
"I can't forgive him 'cuz of that! That's totally shallow!"
"Just kidding, Lil! Seriously though he is- but yeah it makes sense
do you mind if I ask him out?"
Lilly stared at the last few words of the note, glancing at Trisha. She was doodling absently on a piece of her French homework. Staring back at the note, Lilly wrote, "Whatever. Do what you want but I'm sure he'll be shocked after only being here a full day and today!"
Trisha stared at the response and wrote back, "Gotta strike while the iron is still hot!"
Just then the bell rang for lunch and they jumped guiltily looking around for the teacher. Since they hadn't been paying attention they hadn't noticed him to be the first one out of the room. The class was leaving their stuff as it was second lunch and the pair of them got up to leave the classroom.
As they made their way to lunch, Lilly found Seth approaching her. Odd and even days tend to have different lunches but here he comes, I wonder
? Lilly thought.
"Hey. You going to lunch?"
"Keith isn't in my class this period, do you mind if I sit with you two?"
"Not at all!" Trisha piped up. Lilly glared at her, unsure if she still wanted to talk to Seth so soon for an entire half hour but figured it might go more smoothly with Trisha there. Calvin and Greg didn't have the same lunch period that day with them, which Lilly was silently thanking the Gods for since Trisha was already flirting with Seth. Calvin would be crushed if he had to witness this.
"How old are you Seth?" Trisha was asking.
"I'm seventeen," he replied awkwardly, glancing at Lilly, who was spacing out.
"And when is your birthday? Are you going to join any sports team or club? Are you enjoying the school so far?"
Seth looked uncomfortable. Lilly sighed. Trisha was always overly enthusiastic when it came to a new love interest.
They sat down to eat at a table near some windows. Seth went to buy some lunch; Lilly and Trisha brought food from home and sat down across from one another.
"Oh my GOD! He's so damn hot! He seems nice too," Trisha squealed.
"Yeah, yeah. Don't over do it and freak him out," Lilly warned.
They chattered a few more minutes before Seth returned. When he did, he stood there a moment and looked at them both; unsure of whom he should sit next to. Either sit next to Lilly whom he just got back on good terms with or a somewhat complete stranger. He noticed a chair at another table and pulled this up at the end of the table to sit facing both of them.
Luckily they decided not to comment on this odd seating arrangement but certainly found it strange. They managed to overlook it though and had a normal conversation. As lunch was nearing a close, Trisha dropped the bomb, "So Seth, do you have a girlfriend?"
He spluttered as he had just taken a swig of water, "G-girlfriend?"
"Yes, you know, or a significant other?"
Blushing furiously he looked at his hands, "Ah- um, no."
"Really? Well then, I was wondering if you might want to go to the movies with me tonight?"
"As a date?" he asked, eyeing her then glancing at Lilly.
Lilly had been trying very hard to evaporate while Trisha worked her 'magic' but couldn't fail to notice those eyes on her.
"Well yeah! I mean, we could always do something else as friends," Trisha said hastily. "You're just so cute and all the girls in your class prolly think so too and I just wanted a jump start. But we could always hang out with a group of friends, I know that was sudden of me but um yeah will you think it over?"
Seth's face was still a dark red and he merely nodded muttering, "Yeah I'll think about it."
Taking this as a good sign, Trisha beamed and went back to her lunch.
Lilly got up to empty her trash. Seth's eyes snapped back to her and he got up too.
"Your friend is um- outgoing. Or would it be more like-?"
"Pushy," Lilly said nodding
"No, forward. But yeah that too, a little."
He seemed to be freaked out as Lilly predicted so to help Trisha's case she added, "She's really nice you know, and probably right about the girls in your class waiting to ambush you."
"What?" he looked alarmed now.
"Oh, Seth! Wake up and smell the coffee! You've had to at least notice the attention my brother gets! With you in the picture, you're going to be like the two biggest stars of the high school!"
Seth stared at her a moment, trying to understand, "Just what are you-?"
"Hey! You guys left me alone!" Trisha pouted.
"Sorry." They said together, and then looked at one another laughing.
Trisha looked at them suspiciously, "What were you talking about?"
"I'll tell you later," Lilly replied, winking.
Seth looked at the line of students leaving the lunchroom and some were already coming in for next lunch, then back at the girls, "Looks like we should head back."
"Oh right, well let's go," Trisha said gloomily.
Lilly nudged Seth as they started heading out of the cafeteria.
"You have to tell her how you'll get back to her about tonight."
"What? Oh, right
uh how should I do that?"
"I don't know! Give her your cell number or meet up with us later, who gives a bibble!"
bibble?" he blinked but looked amused.
"It's from The Simpson's, it means like 'who cares' but yeah it's up to you."
"Alright where are you last period?"
"I'm in math but Trish will be in history, where will you be?"
"My guitar class
where will you two meet? The math or history class?"
"Oh well actually we meet at my locker and you know where that is so it'll be easier for you to meet us there."
"Ok awesome. See you later!"
They parted, Seth going upstairs while she and Trisha continued down the hall. As Lilly turned to tell Trisha the promising news, she nearly collided with her.
"Ah! Jeez don't get so close!" Lilly exclaimed.
"Well you two are getting way too close but in a different way!" Trisha said hotly.
"Would you cool it? I was putting in a good word for you earlier and just now we were planning to meet so he could answer you!"
Trisha looked slightly ashamed of herself, "Oh. I'm
sorry. It's just you get all the hotties. I know it's cuz you're gorgeous and can't really help it but-"
"What in the world are you talking about?" Lilly demanded.
"Lil, your parents are like blessed with 'beauty genes'! You and your brother are the two most popular students here and I'm willing to bet your younger brothers will prolly end up gorgeous too. Not to mention your older brother is friends with a gorgeous guy-"
"I-! Stop that! That isn't true!"
"Please, you know it is."
"You're pretty, Trish! You've already had two boyfriends, I've had none-"
"Well I don't really count the one in elementary school, and the one from middle school wasn't exactly boyfriend material either. And your parents are the ones who said you couldn't date till your junior year but now that you can, you'll be getting love letters and confessions all year! I'm just average, so this is my chance
They had argued all the way back to class and were taking their seats.
"Just drop it, ok?" Lilly begged, "I'm not going to try asking him out when you are and just because I can suddenly date! I wouldn't do that! Especially since I don't even know if I'll ever be friends with him!"
Trisha nodded glumly. The teacher began conjugating some new words so now they had to focus.
After French class, they headed towards their separate classes.
"Hey Lil, why so blue?" Calvin asked, concerned as Lilly dragged her feet to her desk dropping into it and massaging her temples.
"Trish and I are in a bit of a pickle."
Calving chose to ignore Lilly's odd choice of words, "Oh? Why, what's up?"
Lilly looked up at him a moment, wondering if she should tell him the truth. Calvin was a shy, sensitive guy so he never told Trisha how he felt and had to endure worrying about her getting a boyfriend ever since he met her. Lilly wasn't sure if Seth would agree to the date but if he did and started dating Trisha then the news would crush Calvin's' fragile heart.
actually it's about the new guy, my um friend I guess you could say, Seth. Trish uh asked him out today."
Calvin nearly toppled off the edge of the desk he was sitting on. Lilly steadied him, looking at him with concern.
"I hadn't realized she was THAT into him
what did he say?"
"Well she sorta sprung it from nowhere so she's going to let him think about it since she got too eager if you ask me. She asked him out tonight, I mean I know it's Friday but she could've asked for next Friday! So, he said he'd think about it and answer after this class."
Calvin sighed. He had to endure this since 8th grade, worrying whenever she asked a guy out and was rejected or when she started to wait to ask and be their friends. He got lucky since at those times the friends wanted to remain friends.
"Why can't you tell her you like her?" Lilly asked while they waited for their teacher to show up.
"I can't. You know she likes guys taller than her and I think I've reached my maximum height." Calvin was 5'4" and Trisha was 5'8" and she said she'd love to look up at a guy and bat her eyelashes for maximum flirting effect.
"I still think you should try! You're crazy for her and she doesn't even know it! Besides, height shouldn't matter!"
"I'll be shot down, I just know it! I've waited too long to tell her."
Lilly was becoming frustrated, she wanted to shake him or smack him. The teacher walked in so she hurriedly whispered, "Just do it! Even if she says 'no' at least she won't seem like a jerk to you talking about other guys! And don't expect the worst either!"
They now had to focus on their work but Calvin looked strangely far away the rest of class. As the final bell rang, they began putting away their books.
"Let me know what happens, good or bad," Calvin said quietly.
Lilly hesitated but nodded. They parted and Lilly made her way to her locker. Seth was already there. Lilly awkwardly said "hey" and started fumbling with her backpack. Seth stared at her, making her nervous.
"Do you need any help?" he asked half-amused, half-serious.
"I'm fine. I do it all the time," she said indignantly. As she managed to get it open, she heard someone approach.
"Hi Seth!" it was Trisha's voice. Lilly was kneeling on the ground pulling out books from her bag exchanging them for the ones in her locker.
"Hi." There was a pause. "Ok well, I thought about it and seriously don't think we can go out."
Lilly felt a pang in her chest and couldn't figure out whether she felt sorry for Trisha, relief for Calvin or something else she couldn't identify.
" Trisha said softly.
"Um but it's not like, well uh
it's just really fast! I hardly know you. I said I'd think about it and I will but I don't think it'd be comfortable for either of us to go on a date tonight. We can still hang out with friends and after about a week or so I think I'll be able to give you a better answer."
Lilly straightened up to look at Trisha. She looked a bit more relieved now that she knew she'd have a somewhat fighting chance.
"That makes sense. And like I said, I'm sorry for just blurting it out that way. I didn't mean to do it so rushed like that, it's just- I don't know, something in my personality I guess."
"Don't worry about it. We can hang out with friends and see what happens from there."
"Ok," Trisha agreed, looking much more happy.
Seth smiled awkwardly and glanced at Lilly who'd been watching them both closely.
"So, who gets to be in this very cool hanging out list?" She asked cheerfully trying to ease the tension.
"Well you, duh. I'll ask Calvin and Greg. Maybe Tammy or Eric will go," Trisha pondered.
"And Keith?" Seth asked.
"Oh right! Yeah and whoever you guys wanna bring. We could go bowling or to the arcade or some big place to meet up," Trisha amended.
"So, how will we all do this? That's a lot of people," Lilly asked, her brow furrowed.
"Well, I need to go home but I'll call the others since it was my idea. Then I'll call you later, Lil." Trisha was already walking away saying this, waving she then hurried off.
"I'm guessing she assumes since Keith is my brother to let him know," Lilly joked.
"Yeah, I guess."
Lilly stared at Seth. He looked troubled.
"I don't know about this," he sighed, "I actually had another girl corner me today. I told her that someone had already asked me out and before I could say anything else she ran away crying."
That pang Lilly couldn't identify returned momentarily and left. It was really starting to annoy her since she couldn't figure out what it was so she ignored it and said, "Well, I wouldn't worry too much over it. It was her fault she didn't listen to you."
"Oh, well that wasn't the entirety of it, since she reacted that way all the girls think I said 'yes' to this 'mystery girl' so I have no idea what will happen now. I'm not even too sure I'll like Trisha. She does seem nice like you said but I honestly don't know what will happen."
"Right." They stood there, each thinking their own thoughts when they heard a shout nearby directed towards them, "Hey! Seth! Lil!"
Keith was making his way through a sea of students and finally appeared in front of them.
"Hey dude," Seth replied. They did a series of lame high-fives, which Lilly tried to ignore.
"'Sup?" Keith asked, starting to walk away inviting them to follow.
"Not much besides what I was telling you like ten minutes ago," Seth replied rolling his eyes, "Except now we're hanging out with Lil and co."
Keith nearly collided with a wall, "I'm sorry, what?"
"Well you know I told you I'd only hang out with Trisha as friends so she started naming off a bunch of people to tag along tonight."
Keith groaned, "Juniors? Aw man!"
"You were once a junior,' Lilly said sardonically.
"Ha-ha true. Oh well, at least they aren't freshman. I guess we can hang out with them just this once."
Keith generally separated himself with Lilly at school. Even though they were both popular, he liked having his own friends. And he had always been that way. Lilly thought this also had something to do with him stealing Seth away and was worried how it'd work out with her hanging around them now.
"Um, you guys go on ahead, there's something I need to do," Lilly said suddenly. They had made their way outside and she'd spotted Calvin relaxing under a tree nearby.
She wondered if he'd done that on purpose, waiting for her, so she could tell him what happened.
He was looking over at her, or wait no he was staring, or rather glaring at Seth.
"Huh? What is it?"
"Ok, see you."
Seth and Keith's reactions made them stare at one another. Lilly ignored them and approached Calvin.
"Hey," she said rather nervously. He was till glaring at Seth who was talking to Keith.
"Um, so he didn't say he'd go out with her but he didn't say an exact no either-"
"So that's him," Calvin muttered, standing up and collecting his things as if he hadn't heard her.
"Yes and now Trish wants everyone to hang out tonight as a group instead."
Calvin's dark eyes snapped back to her, the hue momentarily appeared purple, "What did you say?"
Lilly almost took a step back. She'd never seen him so agitated before. Thinking she had underestimated his fragile heart she replied, "Um, well since he'd tell her he'd need a chance to get to know her they decided to meet as a group instead and he'd give her a better answer next week. She's planning on inviting you to go with us-"
"I don't think I could stand to see her flirting with that jerk," he said aggressively. Lilly worried his hostility would float over to Seth and start attacking him somehow.
He was glaring at him so much that he and Keith noticed and had decided to wait for her instead.
"Arg," Lilly muttered, turning to them waving, "Go home! I'll catch up!" she mouthed.
Keith looked to Seth, who continued staring at Lilly and Calvin. He hesitated too long so Keith began pulling him off.
Lilly turned her back on them, "Look. You can either go or not but don't go if you really don't want to 'cuz Trish is going to prolly beg you to be there and you can never say 'no' to her! And if you do go you'll prolly see her flirting like you said, so make an excuse. Say you're sick, I'll back it up saying you didn't look so great in math-"
"No. I'm going, and it's not 'cuz I can't say 'no' to her, " Lilly had shown signs of interrupting be he stopped her and continued, "It's so I can try to intervene with her flirting! I've decided I'll tell her," he looked at Lilly determedly.
Lilly was surprised, "Good for you! I wouldn't try for tonight though since she'll be looking forward to seeing Seth. Try for whenever you get a chance alone with her."
"That's impossible! She's always with you or some other friend!"
Lilly thought for a moment. Her expression cleared, "Well you could try during science on Monday! I'm sure Mr. Stuart will make me go get something. You can tell her there-"
Calvin shook his head violently, "And sit next to her the rest of class like that?"
"-Or uh you could try to just tell her you have something important to tell her after school. Tell her if she asks, I know she'll try to pry that it's too important and personal to talk about in class so you'll tell her after school."
Calvin thought this over. Lilly silently hoped it was good enough and that he would accept. He then looked at her a bit guilty.
"I think I should do this next Friday during English-"
"Calvin! Don't you think that will be too late?"
"HE said next Friday, didn't he?"
"Friday, Saturday who knows but you've known her a lot longer!"
"Yeah so I'm ten times more nervous!"
They glared at one another. Lilly noticed a dark flush creeping up into Calvin's neck and face. She sighed. He needed time to prepare, time to think it through and then time to himself over next weekend in case the inevitable happened.
"Alright but please, don't loose your nerve! This is like life or death, ok?"
He nodded. Lilly hesitated, then patted him on the shoulder encouragingly.
"I don't know what will happen but I'll be rooting for you, ok?"
He gave her a weak smile, muttered a 'thanks' and told her he should be going.
"Oh! Yeah, I should be too!" she exclaimed, slapping her forehead and started to leave. Calling over her shoulder she said, "See you tonight!"
"Yeah I know," he sighed leaving in the opposite direction.
She hurried home, hoping that Seth would have gone home. She reached the house quicker than expected and opened the door, kicking off her shoes. Turning to call out her greeting to Keith she noticed she didn't have to since he was seated at the couch.
Suppressing a groan, to her dismay Seth was still there and they'd been watching T.V. until she had arrived.
"There you are," Keith said slyly.
Lilly did NOT like the tone to his voice, "Yeah? Here I am."
"You took quite a while," Keith continued. Lilly dropped her bag on the floor and headed into the kitchen for a drink.
"I was only ten minutes, right?"
"Seemed much longer," he had followed her into the kitchen; she nearly bumped into him after taking some Sunny Delight out of the fridge.
"Can I get a drink please?" she asked. Frustrated, she slammed the Sunny-D on the counter and began searching for a glass in the cupboard.
"Someone's a little touchy," Keith smirked.
"I'd just like to be able to get a drink without walking into someone."
"You're acting funny is what, I think you're hiding something."
Lilly paused, the glass of juice inches from her mouth, "Just what is it do you think I'm hiding?"
"You and Calvin were talking for a while! And he was glaring at Seth!"
Lilly silently cursed Seth for noticing a guy glaring at him and not noticing almost the entire female population swooning over him.
"Was he now? I hadn't noticed," she said as lightly and innocently as possible.
"What were you two talking about?"
Comprehension dawned on Lilly. Keith was trying to accuse her of either asking Calvin out, having a fight with him about Seth or something stupid like that.
"We were talking about tonight, remember? Trish wanted him and the others to join us so I figured I'd ask him since he was still there."
Keith paused a moment, then, "Well if that's the case, why was he glaring at us so much? I've met him before a few times and he's never looked that pissed off before."
Lilly bit her lip, considering whether she should tell Seth and Keith about Calvin's crush on Trisha. No this is something between Calvin, Seth and Trisha, she thought.
"Honestly, I've got no clue! Ask him tonight if you really want to know," she shrugged, walking back into the living room. Lilly stopped short as she finally noticed Seth hadn't moved and was now staring at her with almost the same suspicion as Keith.
"I agree with Keith. You sure took a while."
Lilly could not believe Seth would side with Keith over this. She tried calming down, taking a deep breath and thinking that it was only natural for a guy to think that way.
"You guys are overreacting. I don't know if you ran home or what but I had to plan everything out and walk back here!"
"A-ha! What are we overreacting to?" Keith jumped out at her from the kitchen doorway, striking a dramatic pose.
Lilly wasn't sure if she was frightened or amused. She ignored his weird pose and replied, "See, that's the thing. I honestly don't know, besides you acting stupid. I can't figure it out."
Keith frowned and cleared his throat, "Ok fine. We'll do this the hard way." He walked closer to her, "Are you or are you not dating Calvin since you're now allowed to date?"
Lilly nearly burst out laughing; it was certainly hard to keep a straight face.
"What are you smiling about? Is that a yes?" he asked looking alarmed.
Not fully understanding the situation, Lilly re-arranged her features into a scowl, "I was trying not to laugh. That's stupid Keith! Calvin is my friend! F-R-I-E-N-D. Friend! Capeeche?"
Keith studied her face, looking for a trace of a lie. Not being able to find one, he sighed, looking over her to Seth, "Well, I think she's telling the truth man. She's just slow."
"What?" she glared at them both.
"It's nothing," Keith said innocently, sitting back down on the sofa.
"Whatever. I'm gonna go do my homework," she said, picking up her bag and turned to go down the hallway.
Seth stopped her, "Why? It's Friday! Come hang out with us!"
Closing her eyes a moment, Lilly tried hard not to scream. She felt drained by their conversation and while it was nice Seth was trying for them to hang out with both her and her brother, she was still irritated at them accusing her of dating Calvin.
"Sorry, it's my math homework. If I don't start it while it's fresh in my head then I'll forget how to do it."
"Do you want me to help you?" Seth asked, half getting up off the sofa.
"Um, no, it's cool. You guys just watch the game," Lilly said backing off down the hall. Keith was looking at her too and it was creeping her out.
She got to her room and closed the door. Shaking her head slightly, she threw her bag onto her bed and gulped down her juice finally. Moving over to her computer, she moved the mouse taking it off sleep mode and signed on to instant messenger. She put a note up saying she was doing math, "Doing math h.w. X_X please save me, I will enjoy the interruptions but not for too long "
She then took her math books out of her bag and settled herself in front of the computer, pulling out a section on her desk to work at.
No sooner than three problems into her homework when an IM appeared on her screen.
XxJustDoIt4TheBoyxX: Lilly? R u there girl?
Sighing, Lilly put down her pencil to answer Trisha's IM.
SportyChick88: Yah I'm here Trish. Wut's the scoop?
XxJustDoIt4TheBoyxX: hehe Calvin called, said he'd talked 2 u about coming tonight! So is Greg, Tamm and Eric. Anyone else in?
SportyChick88: Yah. Keith and Seth, but that wuz obvious.
XxJustDoIt4TheBoyxX: haha true! So, y u doing hw? It's Friday!
SportyChick88: 'Cuz u kno how I am w/math! I need 2 do it right away or else I'll forget wut I was doing!
XxJustDoIt4TheBoyxX: Girl, plz! Anyways we decided on dinner and the arcade, that kewl?
SportyChick88: I think that's awesome! I lurve video games! And so do guys generally so it's all good!
XxJustDoIt4TheBoyxX: Right? Well, we were thinking for 8pm at the karaoke place, singing if u want haha and then afterwards gaming at the Grand Prix!
SportyChick88: Sounds sweet!
XxJustDoIt4TheBoyxX: Kay, spread the word to ur bro or whateva and I'll call u l8r around 7:30 so we can plan who's driving who where.
SportyChick88: Ok laters!
Lilly didn't sign off but left the note up and continued working on her math. When she was about halfway through, another message popped up on her screen. Looking up she sighed and answered the IM.
Im2sexy4myshirt: Hey Lil, u shouldn't b on while doing hw, how will u ever concentrate?
SportyChick88: Shut up Keith. If I hadn't gone on then I wouldn't have heard from Trish
Im2sexy4myshirt: haha o really? Well then wuts up?
SportyChick88: meeting at karaoke place for 8pm then gaming @ the grand prix Trish will call around 7:30 with whoever is driving
Im2sexy4myshirt: so then I mite b carting u all around?
SportyChick88: could b but I dunno if Tammy or Eric drives
Im2sexy4myshirt: so it will b me, u kno she meant to do it, I bet that's the only reason she invited me ;.;
SportyChick88: stop crying over it, now let me do my hw!
Im2sexy4myshirt: then sign off if u don't want ppl buggin u! XP
SportyChick88: Fine, I will!
Lilly quit instant messenger and attempted to finish her homework but began thinking about what would happen that night. She was worried about Trisha flirting with Seth and Calvin glaring at Seth some more. She shook her head. No use worrying over it, what happens happens, she thought and bent her head over her homework to finish the dreaded math problems.
To be continued!
Authors Note: Well what did you think? Good? Bad? This was a re-write of the original 9 pages and now is 22 pages in word
I'm not sure if I should have ended it sooner for the chapter or not but um review please! I'm anxious to know what you all thought!